In Cuonzo Martin's first season, he guided the Tigers to a 20-12 record and a top four finish in the SEC Conference. They will play Florida State in Nashville on Friday with the victor of that likely facing one seeded Xavier.
The Missouri women's basketball team is headed back to the NCAA Tournament for a third straight season but fell short of the goal it chased all season and won't host the opening rounds of the tournament. He made the Sweet 16 in his last year with Tennessee as a No. 11 seed, and was a first-round exit in his second year at California as a No. 4 seed. The victor will all but likely play No. 1 seeded Xavier, the fourth overall No. 1 seed, which the Musketeers earned their first ever No. 1 seed in school history.More news: Longtime Dow Chemical chief Andrew Liveris to leave
Missouri and Florida State is seen as a pick'em right now by Las Vegas' sportsbooks. They made the Elite Eight in 2009.
Senior forward Jordan Barnett has been suspended for one game.
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As a No. 8 seed, Missouri arguably got the best possible draw with the potential of having to play No. 1 Xavier, the fourth overall No. 1 seed. He can travel and practice to Nashville. The Seminoles lost in their first ACC Tournament game against Louisville. Barnett will be available if they advance. But they have size on their bench, and by size I mean two players over seven feet tall who average over 10 minutes a game.
The Tigers have been shredded by the three-point shot in recent weeks, so they'll need to make sure they get a hand up in Cofer's face when he launches it from long range.
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